Monday, February 08, 2010
Recently a Wellfleetian died and left $200,000 to the Wellfleet Public Library. This generous soul’s name was Martin Nerber. Wellfleet does have a great library, but $200,000-great? What is our librarian going to do with that much money? $200,000 buys a whole lot of books and DVDs. With this bequest, the Friends of the Library can surely take a few years off. No more fund-raising needed for the time being. This gift is the perfect second act to becoming a five-star establishment. It takes the recommendation to LOVE THY LIBRARY to a whole new level.
Mr. Nerber also left $75,000 to the Wellfleet Senior Center. $100,000 more went to the Nauset School Committee. The Haiti Club got $50,000. Let’s see, that’s $200,000 + 100,000 + 75,000 + $50,000 = $425,000. Wow! I was going to write about the ice-skaters on Long Pond, but this story is way more interesting. Mr. Nerber stands front and center, holding a book. He died November 9 at age 60. I may have passed Martin on his way in or out of the library, but did not know him. The obit says he studied ballet and photography. His father was a writer/editor and Martin loved to read. Music also was important. After moving back to Wellfleet, where his mother runs a gallery, Martin, of course, visited our library at least once a week. When not reading, he was out flyfishing on pond or beach, a pretty lonely life from the sound of it. Such a story makes me think of the amazing Beatles track, “All the Lonely People,” the one that mentions the woman who kept her face in a jar by the door. Martin might have fit right into that song. I think the reason he left $200,000 to Wellfleet’s Public Library is because our librarians don’t let anyone feel the need to wear a mask. They know everyone by name. They treat people with respect and kindness. Now that policy has really paid off. On behalf of the readers of Wellfleet, thank you, Martin Nerber!
Posted by Alexandra Grabbe at 8:51 AM
Thank you, Martin Nerber!